Prostate cancer remains the most common non-skin cancer in men and is second only to lung cancer in its deadliness. Men older than 50, men who have a father or brother with prostate cancer, and/or men who are African-American are at greater risk and should consider an evaluation. Prostate cancer can be detected through either an abnormality on your rectal exam or elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in a blood test.
Many things can cause increased PSA or an abnormal exam, and a prostate cancer diagnosis can only be confirmed with a biopsy, which is performed in a physician's office. If prostate cancer is found, treatment depends on many factors. For patients with disease that seems to be in the prostate only, there are many treatment options, and Shaw offers the full range, including radical prostatectomy and cryosurgery.
Shaw Regional Cancer Center's 5-year prostate cancer survival rate is 95.9%, which is 8% above the national average. Shaw collaborates with Rocky Mountain Urology to develop the right treatment plan for each patient. Please call Rocky Mountain Urology at (970) 928-0808 for more information or to make an appointment.
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If you or a loved one is diagnosed with prostate cancer, the physicians and staff at Shaw Regional Cancer Center are your best resources for personalized discussions and treatment plans. For a consultation, call us at (970) 569-7429.